Advances in Agronomy

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Contributors to this special 100th volume of Advances in Agronomy were carefully selected by the editor for their perspectives on not only the current state of their topic but also where their fields are going and what future opportunities exist to advance scientific frontiers. Originating in 1949, Advances in Agronomy is a venerable serial featuring state-of-the-art reviews on crop and soil sciences over the years, and is highly regarded around the world. Volume 100 continues this long tradition of excellence, ...
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Contributors to this special 100th volume of Advances in Agronomy were carefully selected by the editor for their perspectives on not only the current state of their topic but also where their fields are going and what future opportunities exist to advance scientific frontiers. Originating in 1949, Advances in Agronomy is a venerable serial featuring state-of-the-art reviews on crop and soil sciences over the years, and is highly regarded around the world. Volume 100 continues this long tradition of excellence, with cutting-edge and visionary reviews from distinguished scientists at the top of their respective fields.

Audience: Researchers and students in agronomy, crop and soil science, environmental science, molecular biology and genetics, biotechnology, agricultural engineering, botany, horticulture, and forestry (university, industry, and government).

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Comprises five contributions on improvement of tropical maize, pearl millet, nickel in soils, characterizing soil chemical properties, and cotton resistance to insects. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780124202252
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 1/29/2014
  • Series: Advances in Agronomy Series, #123
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Donald L. Sparks is the S. Hallock du Pont Chair in Soil and Environmental Chemistry, Francis Alison Professor and Director of the Delaware Environmental Institute at the University of Delaware. He is internationally recognized for his landmark research on the kinetics and mechanisms of metal/oxyanion/nutrient reactions at biogeochemical interfaces. His pioneering studies on kinetic processes in soils and minerals include the development of widely used and novel kinetic methods, elucidation of rate-limiting steps and mechanisms over a range of spatial and temporal scales, and coupling of real-time kinetic studies with in-situ molecular scale investigations. His discoveries on the speciation, formation rates and stability mechanisms of metal hydroxide surface precipitates, and their role in the retention and bioavailability of toxic metals in the terrestrial environment, have received worldwide attention. This research has led to more effective soil remediation strategies and predictive models.

He is the author or coauthor of 286 publications. These include: 11 edited books, 53 book chapters, and 219 refereed papers. He is the author of two widely adopted textbooks, Kinetics of Soil Chemical Processes and Environmental Soil Chemistry (two editions) published by Academic Press. Dr. Sparks is an ISI Highly Cited Researcher; his research has been cited more than 8380 times and his h-index is 53 (Web of Science). Dr. Sparks has served as editor of Advances in Agronomy since 1991, having edited 77 volumes. He has given over 200 invited presentations at scientific conferences throughout the world, and been a lecturer at 98 universities and institutes in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

He has received numerous honors and awards including Fellow of five scientific societies, national and international research awards, distinguished fellowships and lectureships, and teaching and mentoring awards. He has advised 90 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers and been the recipient of more than $50 million in research funding. He served as President of both the Soil Science Society of America and the International Union of Soil Sciences.

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Second Highest Impact Factor in Agriculture
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Table of Contents

Pathogens in biosolids
Advances in crop water management using capacitive water sensors
Synchrotron radiation infrared spectromicroscopy : a noninvasive chemical probe for monitoring biogeochemical processes
Development and testing of "on-farm" seed priming
Thermodynamic modeling of metal adsorption onto bacterial cell walls : current challenges
Alfalfa winter hardiness : a research retrospective and integrated perspective
Projecting yield and utilization potential of switchgrass as an energy crop
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